• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Ricoh GR II advantages over Sony RX100 VA

  • Less expensive
    $497 vs $898
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~1.30 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 320 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    300 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 233 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony RX100 VA advantages over Ricoh GR II

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/1.8 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    70 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Newer
    7 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    23.9 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    23.9 fps vs 6.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    103 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Both provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Shooting with a wide prime helps you see new shots; Good performance and fast autofocus; Excellent sharp, bright lens; Very customizable; In-camera Wi-Fi works with more than just Android and iOS; Supports Pentax wireless flash strobes

  • Fixed, wide prime lens isn't for everyone; Cramped controls; Burst capture is slower for JPEGs; Tends too warm under incandescent lighting; Wi-Fi app is poor, and web browser control has cluttered interface

The Competition

Compared to Nikon Coolpix A

Ricoh GR II
Nikon Coolpix A
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger RAW buffer
Sony RX100 VA
Nikon Coolpix A
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR II
Ricoh GR
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • $799
  • APS-C
Sony RX100 VA
Ricoh GR
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX100 IV

Ricoh GR II
Sony RX100 IV
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony RX100 VA
Sony RX100 IV
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Fujifilm X70

Ricoh GR II
Fujifilm X70
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
Sony RX100 VA
Fujifilm X70
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony RX100 V

Ricoh GR II
Sony RX100 V
  • $514
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $824
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony RX100 VA
Sony RX100 V
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Newer
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $824
  • 1 inch
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